By definition, odds provide a measure of the likelihood of a particular outcome. Sometimes odds are very likely, like the fact that nothing good will come out of 2020 (and thankfully, we are almost past it!), and sometimes not so much.

But on very rare occasions, odds-defying things happen against all possible likelihood, proving that after all, this world of ours is inherently random. So this time, we’re taking the ride of a lifetime featuring this selection of nearly impossible odds as presented by the r/nevertellmetheodds subreddit.

Created in 2015, the online community has a whopping 1.7m members who are all in for bizarre and wonderful chances that shouldn’t have happened. The subreddit’s description says it’s all about “Nearly impossible feats of achievement, those with a great degree of difficulty or incredible odds,” so let’s find out what exactly all this fuss is about.

#1

## What Goes Around Comes Around

THE DOG LIFE
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow. Just wow

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#2

## Many Of You Might Have Seen This . But For Those Who Haven't

Joyce Melton
Community Member
6 months ago

Later that same day, he was elected president of Australia and married Gal Godot.

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#3

## Small World

AzKhaleesi
Community Member
6 months ago

Thats crazy I wonder if the Coach / Dad ever looked at him and thought hmmm he looks a lot like me.

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No matter what we think we know about odds-defying things, the truth is they do happen and they happen more often than we think. British statistician David J. Hand claims that even “extremely improbable events are commonplace.”

This is due to the improbability principle that’s comprised of five laws “analogous to the four laws of thermodynamics or Newton’s three laws of motion.” David insists that “These laws, the law of inevitability, the law of truly large numbers, the law of selection, the law of the probability lever, and the law of near enough, explain exactly why we should expect to encounter highly unlikely events, and indeed why we should expect to do so on a regular, even frequent, basis.”

#4

## One Man's Best Friend

respulero
Community Member
6 months ago

he just needed to be reseted

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#5

## In 1990, A Panel Of The Windscreen On British Airways Flight 5390 Fell Out At 17k Feet, Causing The Cockpit To Decompress & Its Captain To Be Sucked Halfway Out Of The Aircraft. The Crew Held Onto Him For More Than 20 Minutes As The Copilot Made An Emergency Landing. The Pilot Made A Full Recovery

ume reid
Community Member
6 months ago

woah...

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#6

## I Know Twins Have Similarities But God Damn

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago (edited)

Holy-

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This is where mathematics comes into play to define these principles and calculate what effect they have on each other. For example, the law of near enough “says that events that are sufficiently similar may be regarded as identical,” David explains.

In fact, this similarity is what precisely makes a dramatic difference. David adds the law of truly large numbers and the result is that “given enough opportunities, the probabilities of even very unlikely events can mount up to be almost certain.”

Those laws raise the number of opportunities for any unlikely happening to actually happen. Read more about David’s philosophy of probability in his book “The Improbability Principle.”

#7

## This Hero Has Luck +9000

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

What a brave person

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#8

## Unexpected Reunion

Martha Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

What a lucky coincidence for them! They probably would have never found out otherwise.

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#9

## That’s Gotta Be A First

Serial pacifist
Community Member
6 months ago

It's the famous flamingo marching band.

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#10

## Two Strangers Sit Next To Each Other On A Flight And Meet Their Doppelganger

Laana
Community Member
6 months ago

And a happy guy in the back 😁

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#11

## Couple Proposes To Each Other At The Same Time

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago

XD this one's so cute!

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#12

## Genes Are Everything

Martha Meyer
Community Member
6 months ago

They even look sort of alike!

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#13

## Lucky Nurse

LottieH
Community Member
6 months ago

Moral of the story: don't get on a ship with Violet.

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#14

## The Laura Buxton Coincidence

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago

What in Pyrrhia!

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#15

## “And I Took That Personally” - Tsutomu Yamaguchi (Probably)

Láďa Durchánek
Community Member
6 months ago

And he moved to Fukushima when retired.

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#16

## Neighbor Brings Owner Identical Cat

Marette
Community Member
6 months ago

Did you keep the 'extra' one as an emergency cat?

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#17

Katrina
Community Member
6 months ago

Wow

#18

## Lightning Striking Simultaneously On Chicago's Three Tallest Buildings

Aaron W
Community Member
6 months ago

Somebody better call the Ghostbusters.

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#19

## None Of Their Feet Are Touching The Floor

로희
Community Member
6 months ago

Quidditch.

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#20

## The First Time My Friend Visited My Apartment She Was Mind-Blown That My Shower Curtain Looked “Exactly” Like One Of Her Shirts. I Half-Seriously Said That Her Story Sounded Made Up And Promptly Forgot About It Until She Returned The Following Week To Demonstrate. I Forever Stand Corrected

Kathy Smith
Community Member
6 months ago

She made her shirt from a shower curtain!

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#21

ume reid
Community Member
6 months ago

beautiful

#22

## My Grandma Died On My Grandpa’s Birthday. My Grandpa Died On My Grandma’s Birthday

Daria B
Community Member
6 months ago

What a sad birthday for the one who passed away afterwards. I'd be devastated.

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#23

## This Is A Tomato That Accidently Grew Inside Of The Fence

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago

I think this is absolutely stunning! It looks like a necklace pendant!

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#24

## Taking A Picture Like This

Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

It's a CD or a DVD?

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#25

## Thanks Jesus

Saoznei
Community Member
6 months ago

Instantly thought of this meme

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#26

## Twins Married Twins To Give Birth To Another Twins

Brandy Grote
Community Member
6 months ago

The kids are actually genetically brothers and sisters.

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#27

## Landslide Splits Just Before Hitting A Farm In Iceland. Happened This Morning. No One Got Hurt

Community Member
6 months ago

You need to be getting a lottery ticket.

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#28

## Went To Take A Picture Of The Rainbow And Lightning Struck At The Same Time!

Lauren Caswell
Community Member
6 months ago

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#29

## What A Close Call

Mary Rose Kent
Community Member
6 months ago

Maybe dude shouldn’t be speeding...just sayin’

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#30

## A Well Captured Photo Of Lightning Struck The Eiffel Tower

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago

SO pretty!

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#31

## This Hare Caught On Google Street

Paul K. Johnson
Community Member
6 months ago

The Flying Bun.

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#32

## This Is How The Newspapers Were Stacked Up At My Job

Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

There are no coincidences! It's a plan!

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#33

## Beluga Whale Saves An iPhone!

Mark Howell
Community Member
6 months ago

Here take your rubbish awaywith. Don't just drop it

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#34

## We Were Seconds Away From Losing Our Home To The California Fire. Thank You To All The Firefighters That Saved Our Community!

Vic
Community Member
6 months ago

That's a close one!!

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#35

## Arrow In A Power Cable

Cip IESAN
Community Member
6 months ago

"Robin Hood was here"

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#36

## The Cat Knocked My Daughter’s Fish Bowl Off The Dresser

Pan Narrans
Community Member
6 months ago

The perfect opportunity to get a decent size aquarium for the fish. A bowl is too small.

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#37

## Down You Go

Pearl Of the SeaWing RainWings
Community Member
6 months ago

Cats are magical beings.

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#38

## It's Gotta Be Weird To Go To The Mall One Day And Run Into... Yourself

Bob Belcher
Community Member
6 months ago

Same person, two different paths in life.

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#39

## Car Found After An Amber Alert Near Me

Alex the awful German
Community Member
6 months ago

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